Category Archives: Philippines
Goodbye, Ravi Shankar
Believe it or not, he’s an epic!
cnn.com|Such a legend that brought Indian music to the West, bravo!
Seriously, he reminds me of Sri Lankan-born sports writer Ronnie Nathanielsz, only that he does music!
He discusses how to play the sitar.
I’d say that he’s really a legend, a Pandit who brought classical Indian music to the West.
His ageing aura indicates how he lived for 92 years!
…with his collaboration with George Harrison
Rest in peace, Pandit Shankar. You’ll always be remembered.
Yeng Constantino CD
Finally, I got this CD! The songs are really great, and it shows that she’s a great singer. Hope that ABS-CBN would make her mainstream.
facebook.com|DOWNFALL… is it or is it not!?
Well, after his “defeat” from Bradley, I was expecting his defeat. Very predictable.
Kaya nga hindi nga ako interesado kapag may laban siya at shit, eh! What he did is to fight for profit gains. If that’s what he was thinking, he would make MORE money in public service/politics rather than in boxing.
Mr. Pacman, there is more to you and your life than boxing. You’re a recording artist, politician, what more!? Of course, it’s not yet the end of your career yet, however, you pushed yourself for “MORE, MORE!” This is it. The Filipinos are starting to become delusional when you are having a fight with another boxer (mostly Mejicano). Whenever you have a fight, the Filipinos think it’s a big deal for you to win. However, it’s time for a break.
I think you have to focus on public service. That way, it is a much more refreshing start for your political career. You could serve the Filipinos in a much safer and in a less painful way. I think you still have your celebrity status somehow without being a consistent winner.
indybay.org|Hello to Supremo!
Happy Birthday to the true person who saved our country from the Spaniards, alongside Gat Jose P. Rizal.
In fact, despite his lack of education, at least hie managed to be very nationalistic, and he really served the country towards freedom against the Spaniards.
No wonder, he’s more celebrated than Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, otherwise known as the first President of the Republic of the Philippines (which is sort of nakakahiya because he is not that celebrated and he’s also accused of being a traitor).
One brave soul who died young, because he’s a good soul.
Guten Abend! Ich bin fertig fur Brief schreiben — ja, ich suche fur Brieffreunden. LOL.
Pardon me if I’m not that good in German yet — maybe you’ll hear me say, “Ach, es ist 8 Uhr! Ich muss froh sein!”
Not being too much of a Europhile, but anyways, I have read this counter-argument against F. Sionil Jose (OH MAN! You must be crazy!).
asianform.com|The Chinese character for “death.”
I believe, F. Sionil Jose’s view on the Chinese people is merely a sign of xenophobia. Well, not so.
Of course, that also means that having white skin doesn’t make you a “wannabe white person.” This also means that being “dark” or “tanned” for the white people doesn’t really make them wannabe Latinos.
Granted, the Chinese are said to be rude (check out these profit-oriented shops in Beijing, Singapore and HK!) and profit-oriented, but elite Chinese people won’t ever patronize cheap, low-quality China-made stuff. Also, being Chinese doesn’t even make you filthy rich or traditional, or even speak Fukkien at all!
Generalizing the Filipino-Chinese community as “exploiting foreigners” does not make you a patriot at all. In fact, “ethnicism” isn’t going to make you more than patriotic.
Paraphrasing Kenneth Duncan,
Filipinos of Chinese descent are sent to Chinese schools to learn more about their heritage, but there’s no such intention of being loyal to the country of their ancestors which they’re not really familiar with. Not all Filipino-Chinese can afford to study in a special language school, and there’s nothing wrong with Chinese schools — in fact, countries like Indonesia are supporting and promoting them!
Correct, and the fact that the Chinoys send back their remittances to China, Taiwan or Hong Kong isn’t (that) true after all. Kenneth Duncan stated that these Chinoys can hardly trace back their ancestral roots in the Sinosphere, which is quite true — after all, famous Filipinos who bear a Chinese surname, pure Chinese or of mixed ancestry — are apparently more loyal to the Philippines and they choose to stay here to grow their businesses. Now what’s wrong with that, right?
Some wealthy Chinese people even marry Filipinas of native or mestizo/mestiza descent and let their children roam around in a Filipino environment — famous Ateneans such as Tricia Gosingtian may be half-Chinese, but they’re Filipino on the inside. They even promote their styles and works of art in representation of the Philippines and NOT the Sinosphere. They cannot even speak Fukkien at all. As a matter of fact, these wealthy Chinoys are actually more Filipino than Chinese.
To Lieber Herr Jose,
I think it’s time for you to re-think your path as a writer. Degrading the Filipino-Chinese community does not help the nation prosper in any way. In fact, being against the Chinese in the Philippines does not make you even moooooore patriotic. Granted, some Chinoys are really hardcore Sinophiles, but that’s the way for then to preserve their culture. There won’t be such thing as Chinese New Year, hopia, siomai, siopao, noodles, Peking duck, paputok, F4, Meteor Garden, Acer, Asus, Lenovo, Huawei or anything Chinese if you’re only going to say that.
If China or the concept of “Sina” never existed, there would be no Kanji or Confucianism at all. What makes family bond together in East Asia is the Confucian belief of valuing family. However, being family-oriented is very Asian, which you don’t even see in most Western countries. Countries such as Italy, Germany, Australia and Canada are best examples of Western places that practice the value of family, even the United States is trying to promote family values as a payback to the people’s choice. If your folks taught you not to love the other races of people around you, think again. If you were educated at public schools, then they must have taught you the essence of embracing and mingling with people of different backgrounds. If you are half-Chinese or half-white, Filipinos around you are expected to err, mingle with you and consider you as their own, rather than letting you feel that you’re different. The funny thing is, half-white people who absolutely have NO trace of Filipino features will be worshipped and hailed as a “god/goddess.”
I also wanted to learn Mandarin when the Taiwanese F4 made it to the Philippines. Even Vic Zhou only speaks Mandarin and Fukkien at the same, at mas lalo pa nga si Jerry Yan, eh! After all, you don’t need to be a Chinoy to study in a Chinese school.
Kung tutuusin pa nga, CCTV (China Central Television) is already provided when you subscribe to SkyCable, Home Cable, Sun Cable, Destiny, and many more. CCTV is also in HD quality and at the same time, it offers programs besides Chinese — English, Arabic and Russian, to name a few.
CCTV in Russian|Her Russian is even better than Sharapova’s!
CCTV in Arabic|This Chinese dude still managed that sexy voice!
CCTV English|Australian English at its finest!
Side note: Give me a German version this time, please!
Alongside Deutsche Welle, NHK, KBS World and Australia channel, you don’t need to pay extra bucks to subscribe to those channels. Can TFC err… do that!? I don’t think so… I also have doubts with GMA PinoyTV if they could make it overseas without paying extra bucks for subscription.
These channels are very influential and they prove that they’re really wealthy enough to spread the word without even being paid for exclusive purposes. HAHA!
With regards to CCTV itself, their programs are of course, in Mandarin Chinese. YES — with regards to Putonghua, it’s the most melodic of all the languages of China. How melodic? Well, Chinese women speaking the language are really refined and they really communicate with finesse. Also, most Taiwanese people speak Mandarin, alongside with their native Taiwanese Fukkien. Since Mandarin is only composed of four tones, it’s not that hard at all when you master the language (unlike Fukkien and Cantonese, which has eight and six tones, respectively).
Now I really do understand you, Herr Jose for switching to Mandarin after you learned Cantonese. Surely, Cantonese is much more difficult because of the six tones, but don’t you know that it came first before Mandarin? Yes, Cantonese may be first before Mandarin, but Yue (other term for Cantonese) is also an official language in Hong Kong. I also believe that it is also spoken in most parts of Guangdong, particularly Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Even Jackie Chan’s accent is obviously Cantonese, and it seems that he’s even more comfortable in speaking Cantonese than Mandarin (his Putonghua has a hint of Cantonese accent as well, too bad). However, China’s government puts importance on Mandarin over the other languages of China is because of its rich tones and ease of use. You’ll feel yoga, Buddhism and a calm aura when an old woman speaks the language. After all, the Chinese language is almost everything — from the food that you eat, from the tea that you drink towards their rich cultural heritage.
Despite the controversies surrounding China, it is still a mysterious place, despite its pollution in the cities. Also, the Sinosphere does not forget to turn back to its rich cultural history, despite being modernized.
I am not a China expert
…but this might help me a lot since I’m going to tackle about trade relations between China… and guess what the other camp is!
A Whole New World
Blessed with a God-given beauty and a heavenly voice, Ms. Lea Salonga is finally here as someone who is a Filipino pride.
What the…? Someone with God-given talent is outspoken at the same time?
Unfortunately, I’m no fan of Lea, but I think her voice is really angelic. Take note: Angelic. Not even the Pop Princess could even replicate it. Not even Charice. Or maybe others.
Lea Salonga is at-par with Regine Velasquez, Kuh Ledesma, Frenchie Dy, and any other singers who are not only talented but also blessed with a rocking voice.
Granted that her English accent is too foreign, but take note that she sings in Filipino without any ka-ere-ere.
Can’t believe she sang this. Hehehe, a younger version of hers is an evidence.
Lea isn’t only a singer, a Tony-award winner, a mother and an actress (in fact she portrayed the Fil-Am, opposite Aga Muhlach), but she is also outspoken, and with regards her opinion towards the RH Bill, she is PRO-RH, and she said that amidst any obstacle, she’ll be a spokesperson for it.
Also, she spoke about the Lady GaGa concert which resulted to many protests. Oo nga naman, although she was really eager to “let the concert be,” I think protesters were there to discourage the fans to watch the concert.
Lastly, with regards to the issue regarding Anne Curtis, it was a simple misunderstanding. Actually, Lea Salonga appreciated Anne Curtis’s accomplishment to hold a concert at a huge stadium. It was only that she thinks that it is very insulting to claim yourself as a singer if you’re consistently off-key (Oh-no. So that’s why Lou Jing was evicted from the Go! Oriental Angel program!).
At the back of my mind, I could actually tell that, “Hindi porke’t magaling kayong kumanta’t malayo ang narating niyo, lalaitin niyo na kaagad ang nais umawit sa harapan ng mga madlang, kahit hindi naman sila ganun kagaling sa pag-awit.”
However, Anne Curtis said, “Hindi talaga ako singer. I’m an entertainer.”
I cannot even… but anyways, if you think that Lea sounded haughty, she sounded more of sarcastic and doubting and said, “I think she (Anne C.) should not focus on singing.”
Seriously, I think that Lea Salonga is truly established.
When she was criticized because of Shamcey Supsup’s loss… for the champion position… in the Miss Universe thingy…
“Religion is a very sensitive topic,” she (Lea) said.
At least one Pinoy pride is well-rounded
One reason why I do admire Lea Salonga in some way is because she does not only limit herself into singing. Being a singer herself didn’t hinder her from speaking her mind and acting out in one of Aga Muhlach’s movies. Hindi lang si Ms. Lea ang naging well-rounded. Pati rin sina Sarah Geronimo (singing, acting, dancing, hosting), sina Manny Pacquiao (pulitiko, recording artist, actor, host), at iba pa.
For the elite only?
I think Lea Salonga is looked up as targeted for the elites is because of her high standards. You might not notice her American accent when she is usually being interviewed, parang lumaki lang siya sa ibang bansa. For those who were fresh out of middle-class exposure, I think you’ll really be very annoyed when you talk to someone who is puro
f*cking English ang sinasalita. In other words, conyotic. However, if you’ll take a look at their backgrounds, I think you should get used to the norm since it’s not their fault if they’re exposed to another culture or so. Since Lea is very much experienced, everyone should get used to it when she mimicks the accents of other nationalities. I think there’s nothing wrong it when she does the American accent, but sometimes, it could get really very annoying, lalo na kapag ang local media pa ang nagi-interview pa sa kanya. It’s like, “Dear, parang fresh out of abroad ka lang, ah.”
I don’t think it’s a good idea to think that when a Filipino has a distinctive English accent (e.g., American, British), you lash out and say, “Conyotic!” Lea may seem to be
conyo, but to take a look from where she came from, I think it’s time for you guys to rethink again. She grew up in an environment that was full of strict rules since her father was from the military. Imagine, she graduated from Ateneo de Manila University, which probably made her speak in an unusual, distinctive accent.
If the masa cannot even appreciate Lea Salonga, at least there are a lot of singers to choose from besides Regine Velasquez, Sarah Geronimo, Kuh Ledesma, Frenchie Dy, et cetera.
enjoyingwonderfulworld.blogspot.com|The King of Rap
Happy Birthday to the King of Rap!
Awwww… if he didn’t die of cancer, he would’ve been 48 years old! But that’s okay, because I would consider him not only as one of the National Artists (if ever this is true… no idea), but I believe he should be one of the national heroes for his patriotism and renewing the face of Original Pinoy Music.
Mabuhay ka, Mr. Francis M! Forever legend! \m/
Shared via Facebook|The late DILG secretary Jesse Robredo shows a very good example to the government.
Of all the politicians in the world, why Robredo?
As expected, God usually saves the good people and lets them live in Heaven.
It’s a good thing for his family that they still hoped something positive when they are ready to face the worst news.
One of the people with a low-key profile, he’s very competent in his academics, explaining how much he was a disciplinarian to his children — in terms of academics.
Another great news to talk about: He never tried vices.
He’s the only guy I could actually call as “credible.” Indeed, a sincerely good man, I think other politicians should really look up to him. He became a Naga mayor at a very young age. He earned TWO degrees in Engineering in DLSU. Lastly, he really kept a low-profile life, serving the poor people. He does not discriminate.
Concern for his family
I was really worried what would his family think when the bad news comes? One of my teachers thought that being “saved” by the fishermen only happens in fiction, but not necessarily in real life. Also, people really assume that he’s dead — so it was for real that he wasn’t spared. Only his aide was, however.
Similarity to Antonello Joseph
Both valued education and work as their top priorities. Both passed away because of God’s will to let them enjoy a problem-free life. In fact, this means that “mission is complete.”
They were both people who do not choose friends or maybe — treat people unfairly. They treat people as if they are friends, and you’ll never doubt them, though.
May he rest in peace
He deserves not only a half-mast, but also a reward for his good deeds.
Rico Yan is no other than… the matinee idol-next-door who died at the very height of his career. If you’d notice, he is best known for his good boy image.
He may not be a saint, but he was advocating education to everyone. This was also Antonello’s dream: Education for everyone.
However… Rico has a dark side. Or maybe not.
Rico’s… dark side?
It really sucks to write an article like this, but I have to admit, not really a shocking moment to know about his break-up with Claudine Barretto, yet their relationship ended like a tragedy.
Really bloody, isn’t it?
So Raymart Santiago was the third-party on the Rico-Claudine couple simply before the former matinee idol died in March 29. Alright, I don’t want to be judgmental right here, but it seems that the article is showing that Rico is the bad guy. Not to be concluding right here but for me, a guy like Rico won’t ever reveal his private life with Claudine.
Hindi talaga inaasahan na mangyayari ang ganitong insidente.
The break-up was thought to be something like hindi nagpapansinan sa isa’t isa, but reading the article was like, “Weh, hindi nga? So ang rift pala nila, nauwi lang sa rambulan!?”
I really cannot imagine Rico being a violent man. Well, I could, but looking at him, he’s not really very tough to hit a woman. However, Claudine’s ate Marjorie defended her and she said that Rico was the one hiding a girlfriend in Cebu.
The other side of the story shows that Claudine is a very jealous type of girlfriend — hindi talaga nakapagtataka. Ever since, Claudine always had a bad reputation, and you know what? Her reputation speaks for herself. From Mark Anthony Fernandez to Rico Yan, she ended up with Raymart Santiago. Well, I’m not saying that Ray is the bad guy, but if I were to be asked, I think it was Barretta who made patol, not Raymart.
What do you expect from a hypocrite like her? Being able to create a mess in NAIA isn’t really a good thing for a celebrity, and a mom. But at least, she admitted her mistake — but what she did is simply humiliating. Wala talaga siyang hiya, unlike some feisty stars, they would simply apologize for their mistakes.
Okay, Claudine and Rico won’t ever end up in a violent break-up if the former didn’t made patol with Raymart. True or not, I think it was Rico who was hurt, so you’ll really wonder if he really died of overdose.
It wasn’t his fault if he was hurt. Alam mong siya talaga ang mas credible sa issue because he cannot be an A-hoe unlike other actors who would openly deny a girl because of a free fellatio (HAHA, another parunggit!).
He is also the type of celebrity who won’t ever initiate any type of controversy — he came from a well-respected family and guess what? His Chinese roots was a plus factor for him to become an entrepreneur, owning different businesses… no idea if they’re still existing, though (even without his presence).
There are more things that I could say more about him compared to AJ Perez. I dunno, maybe because he reached the age of 20, at least, unlike the latter who died before his 20′s.
If you think that RY died of an overdose, you decide, but I really understand it — he died for a reason: HE WAS HEARTBROKEN. If you’re gonna slap to me that he never liked Claudine, well, get yo’ facts straight. Rico and Claudine became together, but there were different challenges:
1.) Rico’s family did not approve of Claudine at first.
2.) Claudine’s reputation is rusty.
3.) They’re exact opposites, overall.
So, history repeated itself when AJ Perez died of a tragic car crash. Nobody knows who he really is, but the AJsters were at least there to share the word that AJ’s legacy is still living… breathing fire. AJ became a poster boy for Eye Bank and Larunungan.
Indeed, people retain the legacy of their beloved ones. If you’d notice, there’s a Rico Yan Youth Foundation.
This is when Claudine Barretto started to relate with AJ’s girlfriend, Steph Ayson. The tragedy made them close with one another, thinking that this is the right time to get to know one another.
It’s really cool to have a non-showbiz partner. It was AJ’s decision to date someone NOT in showbiz because he believed that it is more peaceful in a non-showbiz world.
This is one lesson that we should learn: Showbiz relationships are never as good as non-showbiz relationships. Always apply a little mystery on it.
Raining cats and dogs… that’s what rain is all about.
Now why should everything FLOOD!? That’s because of the poor drainage system. Underpasses have been flooded as well, and imagine how to walk or swim in these disgusting floods.
Disgusting!? Well, yes, flood is really disgusting, but just take a look at the surroundings. Would you ever express yourself like that if you’re the ones throwing garbage OUTSIDE the bin?
I really feel bad for those who were the victims of the current calamity. It may be like Ondoy in terms of class suspension, but I hope it won’t be like the said storm again.
Hoping for .avi tablets
Now I really cannot decide between the Galaxy Note and the GT 7.7. I wanna watch movies without the need of a laptop. You see people, I have .mkv files, .avi files, but most movie files are in .avi format, which is annoying because NOT even Mac OS could do something to make it “fit in” the Mac world. Another thing, you need to convert everything to .mp4 so that it would work on the iOS.
Hmmm… which one’s the best for watching a lot of movies? Galaxy Tab or Galaxy Note, or iPad? Please, something that is compatible with BOTH .avi and .mkv format, please.
Now I realized that it is a shit to tell a lie, but for sure, everyone does not like a rainy day, and it makes professors and teachers very sad.
They’re the ones singing, “Come again another day.”
But for students, it is a good relief.
Come on, who wants another Ondoy!? Delayed schedules and short vacays are waiting for you, rather than a relaxing, warm welcome.
F*cking hell who wants to go to school on a super stormy day, hindi ba?
For sure, no one wants a flooded Philippines. Now it no longer fun in the Philippines if flood is everywhere.